Chipper Jones is dealing with tendinitis in his surgically repaired left knee

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David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution has an update on Chipper Jones, who “has been battling tendinitis in his surgically-repaired left knee.”

Jones downplayed the significance of the tendinitis, pointing out that he went through something similar following knee surgery in 1994 and calling it just “one of the steps along the way”  to recovery.

Now that you’re starting to get into the every day hustle bustle of getting yourself ready for spring training, you’ve got aches and pains. Tendinitis is just one of those steps you’ve got to get by. Ever since I’ve been in here every day getting treatment, I’ve had no limitations.

According to O’Brien, as part of that treatment Jones “wears a pad on his knee and cortisone, an anti-inflammatory, is electronically distributed through the skin.” He’s been taking batting practice regularly, but has yet to resume agility drills or take ground balls at third base since tearing his ACL on August 10.

He’s aiming to be ready for Opening Day, but the 39-year-old former MVP has quite a few hurdles to clear before then.

Minor League Baseball had its worst attendance in 14 years

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Baseball American reports today that total attendance at minor league baseball games reached a 14-year low in 2018. Total attendance was 40,450,337. That’s a drop of 1,382,027 fans compared to last season.

Around a third of that drop is attributable to fewer scheduled games but, as Baseball America notes, even when you go to average attendance per game, there was a sharp drop off this season. BA suggests that this represents a leveling off after over a decade’s worth of large increases in minor league attendance. Which sound pretty plausible. Overall, attendance numbers are still massively above where they were 15-20 years ago, so this seems more like a correction than a real problem. The BA article goes into some good analysis of the decline.

All of that said, revenues are up for the minors, in large part because of merchandise sales and because minor league ballparks have a lot more amenities and better concessions than they used to have and fans are willing to pay for them.